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Film choice


Summer Holiday (1963) BBC TWO, 1.50PM ★★★

In this feel-good musical, a group of London bus mechanics decide in one miserably wet British summer lunch break to “borrow” a double-decker bus from their employer, convert it into a holiday caravan and drive across Europe to Athens, picking up a group of female companions on the way. It was Peter Yates’s directoria­l debut (he went on to do Bullitt) and stars some young crooner named Cliff.

Paddington 2 (2017) BBC ONE, 5PM ★★★★★

Our favourite ursine Peruvian immigrant left his charming debut in such a warm and happy place that there was really no need for a sequel. But any lingering doubts are dispelled by Hugh Grant as the star villain – a deliciousl­y self-absorbed actor on the hunt for an antique book that our hero bear also covets. For a while it was hailed as the top-rated film on Rotten Tomatoes; it remains a triumph.

The Big Sick (2017) BBC TWO, 11PM ★★★

This is a slightly shaky comedy from producer Judd Apatow, co-written by and starring Pakistani-American comedian Kumail Nanjiani. It’s based on the true story of how Nanjiani met his wife before she fell desperatel­y ill with adult-onset arthritis. There is wit and pathos as Nanjiani and Emily’s parents (Holly Hunter & Ray Romano) must learn to cope with each other, as well as her debilitati­ng illness.

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